Hey girl. yes, YOU…reading this blog post. I know you’re trying to slow down and take time out of your packed day to breathe for a moment. The problem is, you haven’t quite figured out how to actually do that yet.
You’re an accomplished, ambitious woman with vision who loves the feeling of getting amazing things done. Your drive has the power to take you to incredible places, but there’s a downside.
Once you get that productivity engine going, you don’t how to stop.
You’re all gas pedal, no brake.
Daytime TV? What’s that? You’ve got better things to do. This tendency you have to do well and achieve has served you. You make a good living and your life is full.
Some might call you an overachiever. And you thrive on the action. You feed off of having so many plates spinning in the air at once.
It makes you feel strong, a force to be reckoned with. But you are anxious, impatient for results, and secretly wondering why you can’t get there faster.
At the end of a long week, you fall exhausted onto your couch, and you hate that part of you that needs downtime. If you had more energy you would just tackle the next project, right then at 11pm. Am I right?
You’re worried that someone else will pass you, or that you’ll be perceived as weak if you regularly unplug and recharge. You’re secretly worried you will fail.
You’re like a heart-racing action packed movie that goes on … for years.
Hold on a hot minute. You need to give yourself permission to have an intermission.
Why? Because recharging is ….productive.
Say what?!! Yes I mean it.
Those feelings of tiredness, emptiness and anxiety are there to give you a message. Their job is to get you to listen. This mindfulness will allow you to tune in to the inner CEO inside.
It’s just like when you go to a great play. You are drawn into the story, and deeply invested in the characters and their struggles. There are moments of glory and of devastation. And then there’s the intermission. Yup. When you get up out of your seat, stretch your legs, use the bathroom and process what you have experienced.
You may laugh a bit, ask questions to those around you about their views on the story line, and connect over your shared experience of this play, being out together, and life.
The intermission is necessary….
To physically change positions.
To emotionally connect and process.
To add to the overall experience.
It serves a purpose, and is productive.
So what if you gave yourself permission to have a regular ‘intermission’?
To be your best self, you can’t continue ricocheting between full-throttle action and exhaustion. A part of you knows this rings true.
YOU need a time to be tuned into your inner CEO. From her, you’ll get deep and eye-opening clarity and wisdom.
It’s where all your productive action meets your internal leadership –like the inspired connection of chocolate and fresh strawberries. It just works, and that connection is so delicious, it keeps you coming back for more.
That’s your mindfulness intermission. To be the absolute wonderwoman that you are (or want to be) AND be able to sustain it, you need to be in full control of your gas pedal and your brake.
You must master the relationship between the two and to be 100% in the drivers seat.
You must pull your racecar over and call the intermission.
If you are letting your gift of ambition (sometimes ‘overachieving’) run you, then I’m here to tell you sister, it’s not going to last much longer. YOU must be able to use your ability to power through all obstacles WHEN you decide to –and then hit the brakes when YOU decide to.
When you master this, you will be able to keep up that incredible pace over the long haul, while enjoying the journey like crazy along the way.
How can you embrace the idea of an ‘intermission’?
Does this resonate with you? Let me know in the comments.